Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center
Leg Vein Center
It is estimated that more than 80 million Americans suffer from painful, bulging varicose veins or unsightly spider veins. Spider veins are the tiny veins that appear right under the outer layer of skin and are seen as small, red, blue or purple vessels, usually in a cluster pattern. Varicose veins are bulging blue veins on the leg, which appear large, twisted, and ropelike, and can cause pain, swelling or itching.
Veins takes deoxygenated blood from a body part and bring it back to the heart. Veins in the legs oppose gravity and thus to ensure flow in an upward direction, the veins have one way valves. When the valves do not work properly, the blood collects in the veins. When the blood collects in these areas spider and varicose veins will develop.
Most women begin to notice the appearance of spider veins after childbirth, as a result of direct pressure on the veins in the pelvic region and the lower extremities. Furthermore, hormones and the extra volume of blood in the body will lead to varicose veins.
Heredity, smoking, weight loss, direct trauma, excess physical activity and weight lifting may also cause venous disorders to develop. Varicose and spider veins can be physically and emotionally painful, and sufferers often feel embarrassed, frustrated, and, in some cases, depressed. However, a physical exam and ultrasound study will determine if the condition is medical or cosmetic, and also will illuminate appropriate options for treatment.
Meet Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus D.P.M.
Dr. Schoenhaus moved to Florida in 2004 and has established herself in the Palm Beach community.
She received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University
of Michigan and received her Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine and
Surgery from Temple University.
She spent three years of surgical training on the lower extremity in
Philadelphia, PA at The Graduate Hospital. As continuing education is a
necessity to provide the most cutting edge advances in medicine and
surgery, Dr. Schoenhaus has received additional training in all aspects
of medicine. Please view her CV for further information.
Dr. Schoenhaus opened The Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center as a unique,
boutique medical practice located in Boca Raton. The philosophy is
simple; walk with comfort and look great doing it! The new state of the
art facility is in close proximity to the hospital and features
electronic medical recording, digital imaging for x-ray, in office
ultrasound, and the newest laser technology.
The philosophy of the practice is to provide patient care with ethics
and sincerity. Dr. Schoenhaus highlights the fact that she spends ample
time with patients. She explains “educating an individual about their
condition and finding a plan that fits their lifestyle is imperative in
the course of successful treatment.”
Sclerotherapy, Laser Vein Therapy
If unsightly veins are solely a cosmetic problem, they can be treated
with sclerotherapy or by laser. Sclerotherapy utilizes a tiny and
painless needle to administer a medication to the vein.
Bulging Varicose Vein Treatment
Bulging Varicose Veins can now be treated with Ultrasound Guided
Sclerotherapy. This technique allows the ultrasound to guide injections to find hidden
and deeper veins that are not seen on the surface. The doctor sees the
vein on an ultrasound screen.
This enables treatment of veins that can't be seen because they are
below the surface of the skin and would otherwise require surgical
The deeper vessels can be the cause of surface vessels that you see,
however unless the source of the problem is treated, the surface vessel
will recur. By using the ultrasound to guide our treatment, more
successful vein therapy will be obtained.
EVLT® Endovenous Laser Treatment
EVLT® or Endovenous Laser Treatment is the latest technology that has
made vein stripping virtually obsolete.
Vein insufficiency that can cause aching, throbbing, swelling and
bulging veins can now be treated in the office. Without the need for
anesthesia, this office procedure is minimally invasive. A small laser
is inserted into the leg and the vessel is treated by heat to close off
the vein with leaky valves.
Normal activity is resumed after the treatment and a compression
dressing is worn on the leg for one week.
This treatment is used for moderate to severe bulging veins. The vein is
outlined with a marker and local anesthesia is used to numb the area.
Next a needle is used to enter the skin and a small hook is used to
remove the varicose vein. Ambulatory phlebectomy is an outpatient vein
treatment and only requires a local anesthetic. This will not require
stitches and this treatment leaves no scars.
Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus offers a wide variety of spider vein treatments and varicose vein treatments in Boca Raton, Florida.